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Harris Center offers new take on ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Once upon a time, there was a puppet company in Mexico that wanted to tell the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty in a new way. No witches, no spinning wheels but with the same king and queen who simply wanted to keep their daughter safe from danger. See what happens when an adventurous princess and the handsome boy next door set out on their separate quests as Harris Center for the Arts presents Marionetas de la Esquina “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18.

“Sleeping Beauty Dreams,” written by award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva, re-imagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love and her true self.

“Writing for young audiences lets me explore the intimate emotions that adults sometimes forget and children sometimes are not given the ‘space’ to express,” Leyva said. “Puppets have a magical quality that transports the audience. It’s an experience that’s different from movies or video games, and I believe the emotions and feelings that children have with a live performance stay with them longer. It’s about how far we can go without having any freedom for the children.”

“Sleeping Beauty Dreams” is intended to speak to elementary school-aged children but the beauty of the show can be appreciated by all ages, said artists manager Robin Klinger.

Marionetas de la Esquina “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” will take place at the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway.

Tickets are $19 to $15 and are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket

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